Elementary Greek (CLA1226)

StaffDr Gabriele Galluzzo - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to introduce basic principles and usages of classical languages to students with no previous knowledge of Greek. Special attention will be paid in the first place to the basic principles of Greek language, grammar and syntax. In covering the linguistic material and grammar, the aim will be to establish systematic and logical ways of tackling language work.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. On completion of this module, students will have become familiar with the notion of how an inflected language works. They will be able to recognise, explain and manipulate some of the basic principles of Greek language.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 2. Having been introduced to formal strategies for language learning, students will develop good habits which can efficiently be applied to learning other languages. They will become increasingly confident in tackling the unfamiliar by extrapolating from the familiar and the will be able to make meaningful connections between different aspects of their chosen discipline.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 3. Students will demonstrate confidence in the manipulation of languages other than English.

Syllabus plan

The focus will be on basic Greek language, grammar, syntax and vocabulary. Students will learn the principles of inflected language, the manipulation of language and translation into and out of Latin (*the first semester’s work is identical to the first semester of CLA1201 Beginners’ Greek.  Students will initially register in CLA1201, but at the end of the first semester, they must decide whether to progress in CLA1201 or to transfer to one of the other first year 15 credit modules on offer).

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities33Classes 3 x 1 hour per week
Guided independent study117Independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written translationsc. 29 assignments of c. 3 sentences each1-7Oral corrections in class
In-class quizzesc. 29 quizzes of c. 5 minutes1-7Oral corrections in class
Preparation of passages for translationc. 5 assignments of c. 1 paragraph each1-7Oral corrections in class

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Coursework tests (3) 1003 in-class tests of 1 hour each set at intervals through the duration of the module.1-7Mark and written comments

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

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